We have been itching to get this release out for some time now, and it is my pleasure to announce that the day has finally arrived. Serein is again welcoming a new friend to the family in the form of Daniel Maze, a name some may be familiar with due to several noteable releases on labels such as 12Rec and Monocromatica.
This release originally came to me in the form of a six track EP, which I was more than eager to release; Daniel however was not content and some weeks later he presented me with a full length album, including several new pieces. The time and attention Maze gives to his compositions can only be commended - and what of the music?
Red After Image is a delightfully strange album. From the offset it seems as though Daniel Maze has made it his duty to challenge any preconceptions we may have; be those preconceptions about electronic music in the broader scope, or merely what we've come to expect from net labels. Daniel has created something that is at once recognisable whilst also sounding remarkably fresh. There are surprises abound in this release that are sure to win the hearts of many listeners.
It is a rare gift to be able to produce such a gem as this, with its otherworldly melodies so intricately woven and the obvious care and attention Daniel bestows upon his craft - Red After Image will surely remain in our memories for a long time to come.
September 8, 2018 Subject:
As we know ambient as a musical style or as a part of a conglomeration of styles may be very beautiful and epic and profound even if being distracted by microscopic noises and glitches. In fact, such Canadian artists as Tim Hecker, and Scott Morgan aka Loscil have demonstrated that eloquently. The same can be said about a third representative from within the country, Daniel Maze. Red After Image which was released in 2008 takes on ambient music in a very alchemistic way with intention to produce emotive music. However, it is a main premise to produce a nice ambient outing. His family name Maze does denote the word labyrinth otherwise, and this bunch of 10 compositions is complex and highly enjoyable simultaneously. The tracks used to veer away from introverted electro-acoustic minutiae and faint microscopic squalls to serene dreamwave-esque insights to thick ambient and dub infused outlets. Those epic moments galore chime almost like symphonic vignettes. In spite of the different appearances the listener cannot perceive the feeling of different styles to square off with each other. All is either seamlessly intertwined with one another or followed by one another. There is up the definitive whole. In fact, ten years ago there was nobody talking about the label dreamwave but there it hovers around on the issue. Indeed, tracks like The Chiefs Are Folding used to be played on the indie shows now. As I said before it contains a bunch of 10 tracks but there is no need to differentiate one track from another. All is sticked together organically and seamlessly. The stunning one is a part of the discography of Serein.
January 15, 2013 Subject:
Red After Image
The skyscrapers, the freeways at dawn. The cloudless cerulean sky as humanity wakes and reconstitutes its complex networks. This album will take you there. You will drift and feel your awesome lonesomeness. Listen repeatedly, and listen in the early hours of the day and you will see what I mean. Maze's albums take you there. He paints these landscapes quite eloquently.